(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. Joe from American Trucks. And today, I'm gonna be reviewing and installing the Truxedo LO Pro Soft Roll-Up Tonneau Cover, fitting all '14 to '18 Silverado 1500s. This Tonneau cover is going to be perfect for the Silverado owner who's looking to protect their cargo from the elements and prying eyes with a Tonneau cover that is going to not only preserve the look of your truck but also improve your fuel economy, as well. It's manufactured out of a heavy duty vinyl and an aluminum frame that features hook and loop down the side to seal it and then an aluminum latch at the end to lock it in place. This is going to be extremely easy to roll up and down, drop the tailgate, flip that aluminum latch, it's going to release the tension from the Tonneau cover, then you roll it up and secure it at the cab with the two straps. Now, another great feature about this Tonneau cover, and as you guys just saw, this doesn't have any annoying snaps or zippers.Now that's a big deal because Tonneau covers like this one that are made out of vinyl tend to expand and contract with the temperature. So when this thing contracts in the cold temperature, those last few snaps can be really difficult to tighten down, but not this one. Once you get it to the end, the rear tension bar gives you a great lever arm and it's actually what creates the tension across the Tonneau cover. And it's extremely easy to get secured even in the coldest temperatures. This Tonneau cover also preserves the look of your Silverado. It's a low profile and only sits about three-quarters of an inch above the bed rails. So not only does this preserve the clean look of your truck, but this actually improves some fuel economy as well. With all vinyl Tonneau covers though, if somebody really wanted to get into this thing, they could. All that separates the outside world from the cargo inside is that vinyl material. And that may be good enough to prevent rain or snow or debris from getting in there.It's not good enough if somebody wanted to get in there and take your stuff. So if you plan on regularly carrying anything that is any value to you in the bed, I recommend taking a look at some of those hard tri-fold Tonneau covers that would be a little bit more resistant to a break in. So as far as pricing goes, this Tonneau cover is going to fit the five-foot-eight-inch bed, six-foot six-inch bed, and the eight-foot bed. So pricing is going to vary based on your bed size, but expect to pay around 450 bucks to 500 bucks. Truxedo has been in the business for quite some time now and have secured their name as one of the best. And this definitely holds up well worth the money. Also included in that is a limited lifetime warranty from Truxedo. So this is going to be on the harder side for a Tonneau cover. I'm gonna give it an easy two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It should only take you an hour to get it installed. So let me show you how it's done.For this install, you will need either an impact or ratchet, 13-millimeter socket, and a knife to trim some of the weather-stripping that comes in the kit. So for the first step of this installation, we're going to start with this side rail. Now, you want this clamp at the back and you want the adjustment screw up there, all the way at the end near the cap. Now positioning for this is going to be pretty easy. You just want this outside edge to be flushed with our bed rails. Once you have that in place, you're going to use some of these clamps and tighten it down with a 13-millimeter socket. So I have the clamp seated approximately where it's gonna be. We're gonna use that upper mounting point. There's two of them here, where this other end of the clamp kneads up. Again, we're gonna use the upper one. This bolt here is a 13-millimeter socket and we're gonna tighten that down.The instructions state that they should also be about eight inches from the tailgate. Now aside from our bed liner here, which doesn't actually interfere with this, there's actually a metal piece behind here that's blocking the clamps. So we're just gonna move it as far back as close to that eight inches off the tailgate as possible. So for the middle clamp, it's gonna be the same process. It should be about in the middle of the side rail. And for the rear, again, same process, it should be about eight inches from the bulkhead. So the same thing for the other side, we have our bed rail positioned with the clamp at the end and the adjustment screw up by the tab. We're going to mount our rear clamp now.Again, it should be about eight inches from the tailgate. This one's a little bit longer. Our Silverado has that little metal piece that's preventing us from going up any further.But we're gonna tighten this down again with the 13-millimeter socket. So next we have this role of sealant. We're going to apply that to the bulkhead in order to seal the water out of our Tonneau cover up top. This does come with a little bit extra. So I'm gonna use a knife to trim that back. So the next step in our install is going to be mounting the actual Tonneau cover to the side rails that we just installed. Now where we're actually going to be going is right to this lip here. Once we have this bar across our bulkhead, that lip is going to catch on this plastic piece here, which is going to just slide into place like so, and then lock on the lip. But for now, we need it in the down position. So we're gonna press that tab in, pull it back down, and we're gonna place this bar across again, and then push this up to lock it in place.So the bar should be flush against our alignment pin. And then once you have that down, you can press that to lock it in place. Now we're gonna do the same thing for the other side. So with that bar mounted, we can now unroll our Tonneau cover and making sure that those Velcro fasteners are nice and flush. So the last step is going to involve locking this tension bar into place with this clip here. What you wanna do is get these lips started on the mount on both sides and then give it a firm pull down. And you should hear this clip lock into place and do the same thing for the other side. And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the Truxedo LO Pro Soft Roll-Up Tonneau Cover, fitting all '14 to '18 Silverado 1500. Thanks for watching, I'm Joe and keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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